(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

The ordinary city trap

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SMITH R.G. (1) ;
(1) Centre for Urban Theory, College of Science, Univ., Swansea, ROYAUME-UNI


This paper analyses the ordinary city trap though the lens of post-colonial urban studies. First, it explains that a few major cities have the necessary economic specialization and therefore extraordinary function of commanding and controlling neoliberal globalization. Second, it discusses how and why that these two neo-Marxist concepts have been misrepresented as forms of developmentalism, as a resurgence of modernisation theory and a policy recommendation, by ordinary cities advocates. Finally, it demonstrates that the charges against the world city and global city concepts as paradigmatic, peripheralizing, and normative are rebutted and argues for the necessity of a provincial and comparative approach to urban studies


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 45, no10 [pp. 2290-2304]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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